That combination would certainly be incredible, but there are a few concessions to make with either the great downtown location, or the "premiere" school districts in the Austin area.
Austin proper is all included in the Austin Independent School District, which is quite large, and covers many different areas. Because of its size, there is a wide range of performance levels/ratings within the district. The areas you mentioned would attend Austin High School, which is also large and diverse. ( President Bush's twin daughters attended Austin High, just as an aside... :)
I also have a 16 year old who is a dancer at Lake Travis High School; I am familiar with the great dance companies in Lake Travis, and with a few in Westlake, but I will make a couple of calls and find out which school in particular is the most award-winning/competitive in the areas of discipline that you've mentioned. Austin is such a creative and expressive city, with much to offer in terms of dance, music, drama, etc...you will be pleased with any part of town that you choose to settle in. Our traffic is mild in comparison to other big cities, so you'll have access to anything that you find interesting!
If you'd fill me in on what factors are of most importance to you, I would be able to streamline your process a lot more, and give you some suggestions. I've been in Austin since attending UT, and I have children in all age groups. We've lived in Austin ISD, LT ISD, and also experienced private and charter schools; I'd be happy to share any insight that you may need in that area.
You can check out my Trulia profile for more about my brokerage, or go to my website at feonrealty. I'm a fee-only broker, which means that my business model is unlike the traditional real estate firm.
Good luck and best regards,
Lee Ann Linder
I don't think they understand it or think it doesn't apply to them. I had the idea to get the mortgage co. in our office to print buttons that say "Ask me about $8000 rebate for 1st Time Home Buyers!" Just wearing my name tag, I get 3 or 4 people a day asking me about buying a home.... more
Schools in Plano, and Richardson are highly rated, and consistently over time. Other school districts are also highly rated but perhaps not as consistently over time.
Property taxes in Texas are a bit of a shock for out of staters. We have no state income tax to support schools and the like. Typically, they run about 2.1-2.7% of market value. For Plano city and schools, the homestead taxes would be about $8,685 on $400k value. For Allen $10,100. For Richardson $8,700. For Lucas $8,975. For Parker $8,675. For Murphy $9,050. For McKinney $10,500.
Quality of life is quite high in all of these areas, but local facilities and amenities do vary. The more country-like settings and larger lots in Allen and environs mean that you would be some distance from mall shopping and urban lifestyle. In Plano you can have more shopping and things to do, but lots are typically smaller in the city than in more outlying areas. Walking is possible in most places and parks abound, but it is suburban living, meaning a car is required to get to places.
It would be best to visit to get a more meaningful view of distances and points of interest as well as how living might be there. We'd be happy to discuss it with on the phone, or you can visit our website to see school district maps and information about local government.... more
You might like an area known as Nob Hill or Ridgecrest, or I have similar likes to what you wrote and have 3 young children and I live in the foothills - MLS areas named Foothills North and Foothills South. You might also like Four Hills. Send me an email and I will send you a detailed dsecription of each MLS area that I have written so that you can refer to it when you are searching online. Happy house hunting!... more
Great to hear from you!
Have you been to the Jax area before? Ever stationed here in this area in the past? Just curious as to why Riverside/Avondale is your #1. Obviously there is a lot of great inventory out there and super deals so that is why I ask. Do you need to be close by to NAS or Mayport?
Let me know more about your wish list "Must haves" vs. "nice to haves" and I can easily send information on the area and what all is available for sale in your price range.
If you can email me this information including the best way to reach you (email I suppose, which is great) please do so. Meanwhile, I'll pull some general facts and trends to share with you.
Kim Sandberg, REALTOR
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It's hard to say which of those 2 areas will grow faster resulting in likely increased property values over the next five years. Fort Mill definitely has a good head start and some of the communities are already developed with some nice shopping areas open and thriving. Indian Land has most recently been "discovered" and there are many communities (residentail and commercial) under construction now. Both are within minutes to Ballantyne and uptown Charlotte which are a definite plus to those who need that proximity. As far as gated vs. "regular" neighborhoods, it's going to depend on price ranges of the properties. location in general and the socio economic draw at the time. As a parent, I would say that with all things being equal - I might lean towards a gated community if given the opportunity - but that would also depend on what's outside the gate!
If you are in the process of trying to make a decision, I am very familiar with both areas and have been doing a great deal of business in Ft. Mill and Lancaster lately. If you don't already have a Buyers Agent, then I would be happy to get to know you and earn your business! Please feel free to call me or email me and we can plan to meet. email@example.com or 704-609-6653
I'll look forward to hearing from you!
It is actually against Real Estate Law for an agent to answer your question, it's called steering and an agent can lose their license for doing so. I can provide you with web sites where you can research the information for yourself. If you would like those web sites I would be happy to provide them to you.
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He could help raise prices of properties by eliminating some of the "stale" inventory. Some older foreclosed homes that are damaged and deteriorating are still sitting on the market driving down prices after years of vacancy in good neighborhoods.
I wrote a blog a few months ago here http://activerain.com/blogsview/787390/How-to-Solve-the-Housing-Market-Price-Drop... more
There are many opportunities in today's market....short sales, foreclosures and truly motivated sellers.
There is nothing wrong with 60's & 70's homes, however not built to the highest standards, they can present real opportunity. With a young family, we like the prospects of a single family home because you are considering your needs both now and in the future. Additional space, a yard, stroage, etc are factors that will become real as your family needs increase.
With this said, to maximize on this decision, it will be important that you do your homework to identify the best neighborhood in which to make your purchase. Consider the current home values in the neighborhood, is it a neighborhood in transition, are the homes well maintained, is there a trend for people to be moving into the neighborhood?
It is important that you not only buy with considerations for today's needs but for what the future will bring as well.
The Eckler Team... more
Austin has many GREAT areas. Consult with media based publications over past 12 months read what is stated for Austin areas. If you are seeking a townhome $400K range I know of wonderful properties several units have downtown views, across from park approx. 2000 sq. ft +
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Hi PM Baker,
You have a lot of options. What lot size would you require, any other prerequisites?
Here is site to the schools as well as some other informative sites:
Cary is a great city that has garnered numerous awards and accolades from Money Magazine & Fortune Magazine. The schools are some of the best in Wake County.
Here are some preliminary subdivisions that may fit your request:
There are plenty of great neighborhoods located around JU. If you would like for me to send you a Relocation package or set you up on a property watch just give me a call or email me. I am alos inserting a link to below where you can check out the school systems.
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All areas you mention have considerbly different price ranges. I would recommend getting pre-approved so you know your price range, and copare different cities from there. Trulia offers stats and trends where you can compare neighborhoods, as does Zillow. You can also check out neighborhoods on my site below.
As far as the market...we'll never know we hit bottom until nine months or so after the fact. Good luck - it's a great time to buy!... more
I have lived and worked in South Tampa for a very long time... It's a great area and it NOT a suburban, subdivision in the way most are built today. It was developed over many years with different neighborhoods and homes within them. Some areas are newer and some very old. As far as the kids go... some streets have lots of kids, as the properties have 'turned over' - long time residents have sold to younger couples with kids, and some don't. Play dates may still be a factor, depending upon where you choose to live. Davis Islands, where we live, is a group of man-made, small islands just 5 minutes from downtown Tampa, Tampa General Hospital, and tons of stuff to do. There are lots of kids on the Islands and, in all likelihood, they will have the community feel you are looking for. It's a great area - we love it. On our street, there are many kids out playing all the time. Also, Davis Islands is in the Plant High School district, which includes Gorrie Elementary, Wilson Middle, and Plant High Schools. All these schools are considered to be among the best in Tampa, and Plant is one of the top 100 High Schools in the country, with great academic and athletic ratings.
If I can help you in any way, or If you have any questions, please feel free to visit my web site: www.PrettyDogRealty.com, or contact me by email or phone. Good luck!... more
I have family that moved to NC in 1990, funny to see that you are relocating here. There are many great neighborhoods in and throughout SE and SW Michigan. I gather you are relocating bc of work, but Is there a particular distance that you do not want to exceed in your commute when deciding on the place to relocate?... more
What a great question, you are sure to get all kinds of wonderful ideas, Although I am on the opposite side of the state I have a few ideas that might be helpful, Have your Realtors done a Brokers Open? This time of year is a great time to host an afternoon or evening brokers open house, where area Realtors come by invitation to see the house, I suggest having food and beverages and possibly a door prize. This works well for us in Spokane. The more Realtors you get to see it the better the likelihood that one of them will have a buyer looking for a home like yours!
Another possibility is to take a really critical, buyers eye look at your home and see what you could do to improve the appeal. I suggest getting non involved friends or neighbors to come take a look and or make suggestions. Another great thing is having feedback forms filled out when your Realtors office tours the property. This can give you a whole lot of input.
In a huge surplus market we have to roll up our sleeves and market everywhere we can. Gimmicks typically do not sell a home so don't be fooled by some of the edgier marketing ploys of the "buy now and get a flat screen TV" types. Price, location, and market conditions are the mainstays you need to focus on to get your home sold in a timely manner. If location is only so so, price is the main mitigator and will cancel out the other two problems.
I believe heavily in marketing to out of area buyers also, it's amazing how many people are moving to our great state. See what options your Realtors have available to you to market in other areas.
I hope you get lots of great ideas and if you find one thing that works for you...I sure hope you will write us a post and let us know of your success!
Very best Wishes
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Allen, in comparison, is already so built out and has seen so much appreciation. Wylie, by contrast is a much smaller city and is booming. Allen has a population of about 50k and Wylie's is only about 15k right now. McKinney beyond Allen has already been booming and prices are rising there. Two-three years ago you could get a nice new build home in McKinney around 1700-1800 sq. ft. for the $150 mark. Now, it's up to about $175 and that's the city north of Allen. Melissa already has a strong campaign going as well north of McKinney.
So, they've been building in Garland and had the Firewheel development thing going, and building in Murphy for a while. Wylie is starting to grow now and they are starting new developments in Sachse, too, which are hot. Both areas would be good, but you would probably realize more appreciation yourself in the Wylie area than in the Allen area.
I would also encourage you to do due diligence on both builders as well. Hopefully, you are not going into a contract situation with the builder without representation. I would strongly advise against that. The sales counselor is operating in the seller's best interest. Who will be protecting your best interest throughout the entire build process?
Hope it's helpful,